QUESTION ABOUT DOMAIN V SUBDOMAIN IN SEO

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I've been trying to learn more about SEO, linking, etc., to improve the position of my web pages in Google and other search engines. When I first started a couple of years ago, I started with a domain like: www.mydomain.com I have not done much with the domain itself but have done substantial work building subdomains such as: www.mydomain.com/xxxxx/index.html

I've optimized the web page for the subdomain and have been working on building some links and posting articles in directories. However, I have done very little with the initial domain: www.mydomain.com

I've also done quite a lot of work with another subdomain: www.mydomain.com/aaaaaa/index.html


So my question is - for purposes of SEO - does it hurt your rankings or limit your ability to move up in the search engines when you optimize and get backlinks for a subdomain but have done very little or no optimization for the main domain? Or to put it another way, should I have been optimizing and doing SEO on my main domain long before I started doing it for the subdomains?

It seems that when I try to check the status of my web pages (where they rank on Google) the tools I use just want the initial domain name - not the subdomains.

I've been struggling some with my position in the search engines with respect to some of my subdomains and I'm wondering if this could be one of the problems?

Any thoughts or suggestions on this issue would be much appreciated.

Thanks - Bob M
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  • Profile picture of the author searchnology
    Bob,

    I'm not sure if this is a definitive answer but here is what I have observed.

    1. www is itself a subdomain of the top level domain (TLD) name mydomain.com

    2. mydomain.com can have a different SEO rank than www.mydomain.com but for most sites www is set as the default subdomain. You can set this up in Google's webmaster tools.

    3. if you setup a separate subdomain like subdomain.mydomain.com you will notice it looks just like a new website with zero page rank so from that perspective it appears that your root domain's link juice won't have an affect on the new subdomain.

    I hope that helps.

    Originally Posted by Bob Montgomery View Post

    I've been trying to learn more about SEO, linking, etc., to improve the position of my web pages in Google and other search engines. When I first started a couple of years ago, I started with a domain like: www.mydomain.com I have not done much with the domain itself but have done substantial work building subdomains such as: www.mydomain.com/xxxxx/index.html

    I've optimized the web page for the subdomain and have been working on building some links and posting articles in directories. However, I have done very little with the initial domain: www.mydomain.com

    I've also done quite a lot of work with another subdomain: www.mydomain.com/aaaaaa/index.html


    So my question is - for purposes of SEO - does it hurt your rankings or limit your ability to move up in the search engines when you optimize and get backlinks for a subdomain but have done very little or no optimization for the main domain? Or to put it another way, should I have been optimizing and doing SEO on my main domain long before I started doing it for the subdomains?

    It seems that when I try to check the status of my web pages (where they rank on Google) the tools I use just want the initial domain name - not the subdomains.

    I've been struggling some with my position in the search engines with respect to some of my subdomains and I'm wondering if this could be one of the problems?

    Any thoughts or suggestions on this issue would be much appreciated.

    Thanks - Bob M
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  • Profile picture of the author ninfanforlife
    I would recommend using the main domain and sub folders, instead of a sub domain. It is just better SEO all around.
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